Diet Cig
I Swear I'm Good At This


3.5
great

Review

by ian b. USER (43 Reviews)
August 16th, 2017 | 8 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: wash the glitter off; alright, we cool?

I think a lot of DIY music has lost its spirit in recent years. The efforts to make the scene a place for people to express themselves and help spread positivity has been drastically outnumbered by upcoming emo acts and dark melodramatic indie-rock that typically just winds up ripping off Arcade Fire. The thing about Diet Cig is that they’re not necessarily the most unique band out there, but the honesty, coupled with generally realistic take on everyday teenage anxieties, provides a charming landscape that more bands need to be taking note of. The soft pop-rock influenced vocals compliment the stripped down lofi indie-punk instrumentation, especially on songs like “Bite Back” and “Sixteen”, which both exude an aura akin to a soundtrack of the awkward party scene in a mid-2000s teenage movie. The production provides a fuzzy and young (but not naive) feel to the already youthful teenage/collegiate dynamic established by frontwoman Alex Luciano’s energetic performance and cutesy lyrics. The percussive work from other half Noah Bowman give a punkier edge to Alex’s immature lovely indie-vocaled counterpart. The songwriting isn’t necessarily innovative, but it’s honest and intriguing enough, with consistent punchlines to keep you coming back for more...and more and more and so forth. The thing with I Swear I’m Good At This is that it’s not trying to be anything more than what it’s destined to be, and that goes a lot farther than you would assume with most records nowadays; it sticks to its guns from the start and through it’s adorable and optimistic half-hour runtime, and is charming enough to keep itself afloat while providing wiggle-room for evolution.

“My stomach hurts // What if we never figure it out? // Can you hear me? // Because it’s hard to be a punk while wearing a skirt.” - "Tummy Ache"



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ianblxdsoe
August 16th 2017


1916 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

tried my hand at another glorified soundoff because why not, this record has been on blast recently though. check it out, energetic ass band with a pretty dope social media presence is you ask me. as always constructive criticism is always welcomed and thank you for reading : -)

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
August 16th 2017


25310 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

great review, i remember when i tried writing something for this and i couldn't come up with anything so way to go man. love these two ppl, such lovelies (:

ianblxdsoe
August 16th 2017


1916 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

such lovely people indeed, didn't you open for them one time?? also sidenote shoutout to jack (LandDiving) for proofreading what a guy

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
August 16th 2017


25310 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

yeah our band played a gig with these guys. i'll never forget drinking backstage with them and then getting busted by security hahah.

Barf Day is easily my fav off this. I JUST WANNA HAVE ICE CREAM ON MY BIRTHDAY

Snake.
August 16th 2017


21845 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

their tiny desk performance is the cutest shit ever

Digging: Tricot - Makkuro

ianblxdsoe
August 17th 2017


1916 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

damn that sounds dope as hell i'm gonna have to watch

Archelirion
August 17th 2017


5933 Comments


Lovely review man, it's good to see a less conceptual angle from you, as good as those are :]

ianblxdsoe
August 21st 2017


1916 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks arch :-)



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